Krigstribunalet for det tidligere Jugoslavia skal etter planen stenge i 2011, men Russland har foreslått at domstolen stenger allerede neste år. Russland vil gjenreise uninnskrenket nasjonal suverenitet.

Russia proposed last month that the tribunal, and a second U.N.-affiliated body dealing with crimes against humanity committed in Rwanda, be closed next year. Vitaly Churkin, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations, said the prosecutions should be turned over to national courts. «We do not see why those countries should be denied their sovereign right of exercising national justice,» he said at U.N. headquarters in New York.

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